Embrace the heart and hustle of Cincinnati with a jaunt through downtown’s vibrant entertainment districts, each with their own distinct offerings. The Queen City features some of the country’s hottest chefs, a burgeoning craft brewing scene, arts and cultural institutions that rival the world’s finest and urban parks in the midst of it all. From family-friendly attractions along the Ohio Riverfront to the rich history of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, a 48-hour trip to Cincinnati means surprising finds and exciting experiences.
Start your visit by checking in at the 21c Museum Hotel, a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant. Head up to the rooftop bar, the Cocktail Terrace, to take in the views of the city while sipping one of the 21c’s signature “poptails.”
For dinner, choose from one of three restaurants across the street from the hotel. Each is owned by acclaimed Chef David Falk, who is credited with starting the contemporary food scene in Cincinnati.
- Boca – Chic, elevated dining with inspiration from 19th century Paris and modern-day Milan
- Sotto – A stylish take on the traditional Italian trattoria featuring decadent homemade pastas
- Nada – Vibrant Mexican cuisine complete with trendy tacos and bold cocktails
Be sure to check out Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds – the first professional baseball team. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the team, whose history can be experienced at the newly renovated Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
From there, ride the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar up to Findlay Market, the oldest continuously operated public market in Ohio. Enjoy lunch from one of the 40+ indoor merchants or from dozens of outdoor vendors.
Spend the rest of your afternoon in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cincinnati, “OTR” is characterized by unique Italianate architecture, brightly-painted buildings, award-winning restaurants, a thriving theater scene and a rich brewing heritage.
Can’t-miss highlights in Over-the-Rhine include:
- ArtWorks Murals
- Music Hall
- Washington Park
- Shops on Vine Street
- American Legacy Queen City Underground Tour
Taft’s Ale House, a three-level microbrewery, bar and restaurant housed in Cincinnati’s oldest Protestant church, is the perfect spot for dinner and drinks. Located in OTR just north of Washington Park and Music Hall, Taft’s Ale House is an homage to the Queen City’s saint of fine fare, Big Billy Taft (aka Cincinnati’s own President William Howard Taft).
Enjoy fresh-pressed juices and California-inspired brunch at Maplewood Kitchen & Bar after checking out of the hotel. From there, make your way to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, where you can step back into historic Cincinnati at the Public Landing, catch a movie at the IMAX theater, play at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and more.
Before leaving town, visit an Instagrammer’s paradise at the neon wonderland that is the American Sign Museum. Cap off the trip with a cheese coney or three-way at the James Beard Award-winning Camp Washington Chili.
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